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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 182-00
April 13, 2000

COBRA GOLD 2000 TO COMMENCE MAY 9TH

The armed forces of Thailand, Singapore and the United States will conduct the 19th exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand from May 9-23, 2000. Cobra Gold 2000 is a regularly scheduled joint/combined exercise and is the latest in the continuing series of U.S.-Thai military exercises designed to ensure regional peace and strengthen the ability of the Royal Thai armed forces to defend Thailand or respond to regional contingencies. This year, armed forces from Singapore will participate for the first time in exercise Cobra Gold.

Cobra Gold 2000 is one of the largest exercises involving U.S. forces in the Pacific Command this year. This year's exercise will focus on peace enforcement operations, and will include the planning and execution of a noncombatant evacuation operation. These types of military operations are increasingly called for in today's world and are more likely than a major theater war. As in all previous Cobra Gold exercises, this exercise will include joint/combined land and air operations, combined naval operations, amphibious operations and special operations. The exercise will also assist the people of Thailand through combined Thai-U.S. medical and civil affairs projects.

Approximately 13,000 U.S. forces will participate, including elements of U.S. Army, Pacific; Marine Forces, Pacific; Pacific Air Forces; and the U.S. Pacific Fleet; as well as Special Operations Command Pacific, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and reserve elements from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Participating Thai forces will number approximately 7,000 and will include elements of the Royal Thai Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.